Connect Sioux Falls is a group of individuals in the community who have joined the Inclusive Digital Equity Alliance (IDEA), a national initiative created to understand and address the real effects the digital divide has on communities. The goal of Connect Sioux Falls is to reach digital equity in the community allowing all citizens access to information technology resources and develop abilities to fully participate in our society, democracy and economy.
According to a 2020 survey, approximately 15 percent of households in Sioux Falls lack Internet access at home or on a mobile device. Additionally, approximately 10 percent of low-income households in Sioux Falls do not have access to computers, laptops, smartphones or tablets. The digital divide is very real in our community and is impacting our residents’ ability to perform in school, apply for jobs, further their education, and access the advantages of our growing digital society.
Siouxland Libraries is dedicated to making digital equity available to our patrons by providing internet access to computers and public WiFi at each library location. Are you a technology beginner? Click here to get started.
This federal program provides a discount on broadband to qualifying households. It is projected to end in April 2024
More information is available on the ACP website.